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10-25-2009 04:28 PM
dalesy I'm kinda with the comments Daniel made, although I do have several cordless tools......drills, jig saw....lighter duty stuff.

I just can't see heavy duty tools, like impacts, sawzalls, circular saws, impact hammers, etc. being cordless. They seem to either be unwieldy or the battery life is very short. It can be a hassle to keep changing batteries.

Most power tools are made somewhere overseas, but Milwaukee does make some tools here; they have a plant here in Mississippi.
10-25-2009 07:08 AM
Irelands child
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Originally Posted by CrashFarmer2
I found something it will not work on, the 1 1/16 inch lug nuts on my F250. I had a flat tire and I just had to try it.
....depending on how long they've been on, that often requires an 18" breaker bar and occasionally a 4-5 foot cheater on that as well to bust 'em loose. Now, if you had aluminum wheels, then it would "only" be the 13/16" nuts. But of course those wheels would be stuck to the hub unless you had used anti-sieze on the center hole and the hub below the studs .
10-25-2009 07:07 AM
chevyhed53 Time to pony up the big bucks for the Snap-on product! That's really supposed to be a monster.
10-25-2009 06:20 AM
CrashFarmer2 I found something it will not work on, the 1 1/16 inch lug nuts on my F250. I had a flat tire and I just had to try it.
10-21-2009 07:07 AM
chevyhed53 You're right. Like other companies, they were bought by a big conglomerate that has plants in Canada and Mexico
10-20-2009 05:50 PM
Jim Rockford
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Originally Posted by chevyhed53
Anyone tried the 24-volt Milwaukee impact? It's supposed to be a monster--and it's US-made.
Better check again, I just bought one of there orbital sanders and it was made in mexico.
10-19-2009 03:14 PM
chevyhed53 Anyone tried the 24-volt Milwaukee impact? It's supposed to be a monster--and it's US-made.
10-19-2009 03:02 PM
Irelands child
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Originally Posted by CMR
I didn't know B&D owned Porter Cable and all those other companies now. That's not something I really like the sound of.

....especially if you live in the Jackson, TN area where there is (was?) a P-C factory. I found out about it when I was doing research for a replacement for my old P-C electric screw driver that ate its clutch one sad morning.

Dave W
10-19-2009 01:28 PM
CMR I didn't know B&D owned Porter Cable and all those other companies now. That's not something I really like the sound of.
10-19-2009 07:01 AM
Irelands child I only wish that my (almost) new Bosch cordless drill would be as good as the Porter-Cable(now owned by B&D) it replaces. It's good, but not quite. The old PC was made in the US, the Bosch in Malaysia.

(In 2005, Black & Decker acquired Delta Machinery, Porter-Cable, and Oldham Saw as well as already owning DeWalt, Kwikset, Baldwin, Weiser Lock, Price Pfister and, I'm sure many more)

Dave W
10-19-2009 12:30 AM
geezer69 ive used battery powered tools too. they are ok but they cant replace an electric tool that plugs in. the best tool i had was a makita 1/4 in impact with a cord.it would drive 3 in. screws all day long. i think it was discontinued. i cant find another one. dangit.i hate when the battery gives out half way through a job.give me a cord any day.
10-18-2009 11:25 PM
CMR If you can name an American made 4" grinder that is on par with Makita's, I will gladly buy one. Makita tools aren't "cheap" either. They're some of the best on the market, and I'll take them over Dewalt (Black and Decker) any day. And don't knock the Battery tools before you've tried them. I've used plenty of 18 volt drills that will break a bit and spring a wrist if your not careful.
10-18-2009 08:11 PM
SNTGreg Toys? Well I work with mine Monday - Friday all day long and these toys work really good. Your opinion is noted but I made my observation on what I know and what I make my living with.
10-18-2009 03:46 PM
DanielC I was only making a polite suggestion on supporting workers in the country I live in, as opposed to helping bring up the standard of living of somebody who lives in another country, thus enabling them to compete with us for the world's oil supply.
Yes, the money you save buying a tool imported from another country, you can then spend on higher gas prices, and the unemployed American worker that used to make tools can no longer afford to buy whatever it is you produce or sell.
Battery operated tools have gotten a lot better lately, but I still consider them as toys, to be displayed on a pegboard, behind your perfectly clean workbench.
I do not own any. I have found this wonderful device, called an extension cord, that enables me to use electric tools just about anywhere on my property, and I live on about 9 acres of land and have stables, and board horses on it. I have not yet had a dead battery in anything I plug in. The few places extension cords will not reach, hand tools have suited me just fine, and the battery in them has not gone dead either.
If I am not interested in buying any of these battery operated toys, why should I research them?
10-18-2009 02:50 PM
trees Daniel, when you make this kind of comment, please provide a list of Made in USA tools that are as good as or better than the on being discussed. Don't need any USA brand names that are made in another country either.

Trees
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